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 Posted: Sat Jan 28th, 2017 05:46 pm
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I have a new Penn Fathom 20 on a Jigging master rod I want to use for jigging.  I also have a lot of left over 80 lb, white, power pro braid.  Any reason not to use this line?  How much of a mono leader, if any, should I add?

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80 is an overkill, but not much, so I would recommend using it. 65 is more commonly used (and some at 50 with smaller reels), but if you have at least 300 yards you are probably OK. 
Typically 60-80 pound flurocarbon (harder material) is used for a leader, and 6-8' should be adequate.
Just my opinion, but others may contradict me.
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50 with 80-100 leader is perfect 80 is overkill dick is right
look at the Fin Nor lethal 16 they are really nice and inexpensive

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The Fathom 20 is more suited to trolling; levelwind and low gear ratio (4.3) and retrieve. The 80# will only fit 300 yds or less, so you would have an effective retrieve of maybe 18"-20" per crank with 300' of line out. Most vertical jigging is done with reels that move 38"- 46" per turn of the handle. You did not mention the model/rating on the rod - what is it rated for? You don't want 80# line on a rod rated for 30#-50#. Last, white and yellow lines are usually used for trolling because of their visibility - something we don't usually want for jigging.
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Mana: 
Thanks you guys.

The rod doesn't say the line rating on the blank. It is a rod recommended to me by Bullshipper in another thread.

I listed the reel incorrectly, it is the Penn Fathom 25 2 speed, a lever drag, not levelwind. It has a 5.5:1 / 2.7:1 retrieve. It was one recommended by Fernando, although he did not recommend the 2 speed model, that was my error.
So, if I buy new line, what make and test?  I hear some sink better than others.

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The thinner the line the less resistance it has to push your jig away from the boat as you drift. Its also easier to work through the water, more goes on your reel, and your jig sinks and gets to the bottom faster. Oftentimes the first guy to reach the fish is the fisrst one to hook one.

An 8 strand dynema 50 lb braid would be what I would recommend for SC with your combo with fluro carbon leaders rated from 40 to 60 lbs. tied to that.

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Thanks Bullshipper!

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That reel is infinitely more suited to the task, and 50# Spectra would be a great match. The thinner 50# also give you a backup plan for trolling X-Rap 15, 20, and 30 Rapalas :shock: at the deepest depth, due to the reduced drag on the line.

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I can tell you what works for me, we all have an all around similar way to fish with a few personal preferences that make things work better for each one of us, or at least that is what we like to believe. LOL

I use Maxel reels, my gear ratio is not fast it is 4.5:1, I discovered a few years ago that speed is not as important as most people think, this is just my opinion of course. I think a good pace and rhythm on your jigging is what makes you more effective. Of course there are days when a high speed makes a big difference but the same can be said about low speed, sometimes it just works better.

For line I use #40 and #50, for leader I use #40 to #60 fluoro. I like my reels spooled all the way up, to help a bit with the line retrieve and compensate also a bit for the lower speed, also for jigging deep. A fast retrieve reel makes it a lot harder on you to work heavy jigs when necessary. In the last summer I was jigging YT up from 330' all the way down to 600' of water, I needed heavy jigs for that and the fast reels won't help.

I personally hate 2 speed reels for jigging, they have a lot of back play and while jigging you are constantly hitting back on your anti reverse system and they always end up braking.

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Thanks for hooking me up yesterday Fernando!

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last Feb I took my daughter on her first long fishing trip. she was 10. all the guys were reeling their lures/jigs in as fast as possible. she reeled hers in slow and inconsistent. she caught the biggest fish of the weekend. she also had more strikes and caught more different species than anyone else. based on this I have changed my opinion on the importance of speed when retrieving a lure/jig

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